Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design Drexel University

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
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August 21
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6 Departments and Programs
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A Highly Regarded School with Accomplished Faculty

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University offers six Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs that combine classroom study, studio work, and professional experience under the supervision of faculty with outstanding industry backgrounds. Master's degrees are offered in arts administration, digital media, fashion design, interior architecture and design, museum leadership, and television management.

For 6 years, Drexel has ranked among the Top 100 National Universities as chosen by "U.S. News and World Report." "Fashionista" has ranked Westphal College's fashion design program among the 'top 20 fashion schools worldwide'; "Design Intelligence" has ranked the graduate interior design program at Drexel University among the top 10 in the nation, and "The Princeton Review" has ranked Westphal's graduate game design program at sixth in the country. Drexel has also been recognized nationally for its campus security, use of technology, and outreach to military members and veterans.

Outstanding Faculty

Westphal faculty members are leaders in their industries. For example, Westphal Dean Allen Sabinson is the former president of production at Miramax Films and has held senior positions at A&E, TNT, ABC, ICM, NBC and Showtime.

Julie Hawkins, program director for the on-campus program Arts Administration program, served as the Executive Vice President for the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance for 12 years and has worked on ground breaking research projects in Philadelphia, including the creation of Portfolio, a comprehensive report on the depth, breadth, and health of nonprofit cultural organizations.

Jean Brody, head of the online Arts Administration program, has more than 25 years' experience in education and the arts, and has worked in a variety of roles with Philadelphia arts organizations including the Philadelphia Theatre Caravan, Hedgerow Theatre, Point Breeze Performing Arts Center, the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, Relâche, Inc., and more.

Dr. Danielle Rice, director of the Museum Leadership program, served as the Executive Director of the Delaware Art Museum since June 2005. Prior to that Dr. Rice worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for 19 years where she served as senior curator of education and associate director for programs.

Michael G Wagner, Associate Professor and the Director of the Digital Media Program, is the scientific director of "Ludwig", a curriculum based physics learning game for middle schools that has been awarded with the German Game Developer Award for Best Serious Game 2011.

Karen Pelzer, Director of the Interior Architecture & Design program, with over 17 years of experience has been a part of many exclusive design teams for a variety of projects including providing Interior Design services for the adaptive reuse of the PSFS building by the Loews Hotel Corporation, projects for Caesar's Atlantic City, and 30,000 square foot "Mars theme" restaurant and retail space for Mars 2112 in New York City, as well as Disney.

Kathi Martin, head of the Fashion graduate program, has her work in the Permanent Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and has been in editorials in British Vogue, Women's Wear Daily, The New York Sunday Times Magazine, Harpers and Queen and other fashion magazines.

Albert Tedesco, director of the Paul F. Harron Graduate Program in Television Management is also the president of Medianex, Incorporated, a marketing communications and management-consulting firm, and directs The Documentary Laboratory there. Tedesco created and directed the foundation-supported and award winning Video Documentary Laboratory at Drexel and was the founding Vice-President and General Manager of WWSG-TV57, Philadelphia's first hybrid television station.

An M.S. in Arts Administration Degree Program in a City Rich in Culture

Westphal offers 2 pathways to the Master of Science in Arts Administration degree program -- on campus and online. The campus-based course of study provides experience and networking opportunities through Philadelphia arts organizations, and the online course puts students in contact with national leaders in the field.

Philadelphia consistently ranks among "Travel and Leisure" readers' favorite cities for cultural attractions, including theater, dance, and museums. As members of Westphal's Arts Administration Graduate Association, students can further develop professional connections and build experience by planning and participating in local and regional events, including an annual art auction and National Arts Advocacy Day lobbying activities in Washington, DC.

The M.S. in Fashion Design Degree Program

Drexel's graduate fashion program prepares students for work in fashion and costume design, merchandising, and curating historical textiles and designs. The internationally recognized Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel's UBRN Center is one of the oldest research collections in the United States, with more than 12,000 objects dating back to the 16th century and more recent pieces such as clothing worn by Greta Garbo.

The M.S. in Fashion Design degree program strongly emphasizes studio work, and the Student Fashion Club puts members in touch with major players in the industry through showroom visits, trunk shows, and designer events. High-profile club guests have included designers Vera Wang, Anna Sui, Josie Natori, and David Yurman, along with designers for Ralph Lauren, Coach, Lilly Pulitzer, and Anthropologie.

A Digital Media Program with Acclaimed Game Design Resources

Westphal's Master of Science in Digital Media degree program gives students an interdisciplinary, project-oriented experience with 3D modeling and animation, game design, and projects sponsored by industry or funded by government grants. Both "The Princeton Review" and "GamePro Media" rank Drexel's graduate video game design program in their top 10.

Digital media students have access to RePlay, Drexel's interdisciplinary lab at the UBRN Center, run by Westphal and Drexel's College of Computing and Informatics. RePlay provides more than 100 high-powered workstations, an assortment of consoles and controllers across a number of brands, motion-capture systems, 3D scanners, and eye-trackers, as well as multiple recording studios and an 80-seat 3D theater.

The program reflects the fast-paced, constantly evolving field in which art, technology and science intersect. Westphal digital media graduates have gone on to work with Disney, Pixar, Microsoft, and other industry leaders.

A Rigorous Interior Architecture and Design Program

The M.S. in Interior Architecture and Design degree program at Drexel University is one of only 14 such programs certified by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation in the U.S. and Canada. As such, its graduates are qualified to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification's Interior Design Fundamentals Exam. Westphal's program is also certified by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Graduate students in Westphal's interior architecture and design program are trained in design, technology, ethics, and sustainability to prepare for work on public, private, and institutional projects. Most of the program's students graduate with job offers from top-tier firms.

A Forward-Looking Museum Leadership Degree Program

Westphal's M.S. in Museum Leadership degree program sets itself apart with its emphasis on technology, audience and resource development, education, and financial management in addition to traditional topics such as conserving and curating collections. The program is designed to prepare graduates to lead and grow traditional museums as well as arboreta, zoos, children's museums, historic homes, and other kinds of museums.

Two Television Management Degree Programs with Flexible Scheduling

Students in the Paul F. Harron Graduate Program in Television Management have the option of pursuing a Master of Science or a dual Master of Science and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) path.

Both programs offer evening classes and flexible options to accommodate working adults, and both degree plans give students lots of hands-on learning opportunities through Drexel University Television (DUTV), the new Television in Service to Society civic-engagement program, and internships in Philadelphia, the 4th-largest television market in the U.S, as well as with national broadcast and cable networks.

Scholarships, Grants, and Work-Study Opportunities

Drexel's graduate scholarship options include merit-based dean's fellowships and awards, Drexel Grad Grants for undergraduate alumni who are returning for master's degrees, and the Yellow Ribbon matching-funds program for eligible veterans.

Work-study opportunities for full-time students include teaching, research, and graduate assistant positions. Part-time graduate students who work during the day may be able to earn academic credit for up to 6 months of paid work in their chosen fields through Drexel's Graduate Co-op Program.

Location & Contact

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

Drexel University

3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875
United States

College Recruitment Office

Phone: 215-895-1675
Fax: 215-895-5838

Graduate Admissions Office

Phone: 215-895-6700

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Digital Media Master of Science (MS)
    • Television Management Master of Science (MS)
    • Fashion Design Master of Science (MS)
    • Interior Architecture And Design Master of Science (MS)
    • Arts Administration Master of Science (MS)
    • Master of Science/Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 34
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline August 21st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline March 5th Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesinterview
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students133
    • Female Percentage91%
    • Male Percentage9%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students133
    • Part-time Percentage30%
    • Full-time Percentage70%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American18%
    • White / Caucasian55%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown19%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty137
    • Full-time Percentage49%
    • Part-time Percentage51%
    • Female Percentage46%
    • Male Percentage54%